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Otago Witness Thursday 24th October 1895 page 15

Wreckage at the  Auckland Islands
A wool ship evidently lost
Supposed to be the Stoneleigh

Lyttelton, October 19 1895
The New Zealand Government steamer Hinemoa arrived this morning from her periodical trip to the southern islands. Captain Fairchild reports having visited all the island depots, and finding the stock in splendid order.
    At the Auckland Islands he found that a large and evidently quite new iron ship had been wrecked on the north-east corner of the island. The rocks were strewn with the spars, rigging, decking, and fittings of a large vessel, and also an abundance of Australian wool. Nothing was found to indicate the name of the vessel - no woolpacks or brands. All hands were evidently lost, as no trace could be found of human beings, although a close search was made.
    The Hinemoa brought up a large quantity of wreckage, including a spare topsail yard, 60ft long. The yard is painted yellow on top of hematite, but underneath the paint is quite fresh.

October 20 Christchurch
The wreckage found at the Auckland Islands appears to be that of a nearly new ship with deck planks 3� in thick, topsail yards 60 ft long, and the paint quite fresh and thickly infested with Bathurst burr. All the circumstances connected with the wreckage point to the Stoneleigh as the vessel lost.  This vessel left Melbourne on February 27 1895 for London. Captain Walker, of the Flora, however, reports that when in command of the Rotomahana, he passed the Stoneleigh midway between Tasmanian and New Zealand, steering a course that would take her close to the Aucklands. She was reported spoken to in 156 W. long and 49 S lat. when she must have been passed the Aucklands. It seems possible that this speaking is referred to, and that through somebody's error west longitude was substituted for east. She was also spoken to spoken by the Dunsyre in the Tasman. The underwriters some time ago paid the insurance on the vessel. Lloyds assumed her posted as missing on 18 September 1895. The Stoneleigh was a four-masted steel barque, 2243 tons, built at Greenock, Scotland, in 1892. Lbd 281.6 x 42.3 x 24.6 ft.

October 21
Many persons intimately connected with nautical matters consider the wreckage found at the Auckland Islands does not correspond with that of a vessel of the Stoneleigh's build. The wreckage is more likely to belong to the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's freezing ship Timaru, which left Melbourne for London on the 4th June with a large quantity of wool and meat, and has not yet been reported as arriving at her destination.

The Times, Monday, Oct 21, 1895
A Reuter telegram from Wellington, dated yesterday states that the steamer Hinemoa has arrived there from the Auckland Islands, and reports that the shore is strewn with the wreckage if an Australian wool vessel. The name of the ship is unknown, and no traces were to be found of any survivors. it is thought that the vessel must have been lost with all hands.

The wreck may have been the Marie Alice a steel barque of 999 tons and 211 ft long.